New Applicants

Welcome! Please include with your application a description of your musical experience. Also include the names and contact information of two musicians (teacher, friend, Conference participant or faculty member) whom we may contact and with whom you have played music.

All new applicants audition in person or by Internet/Skype to facilitate appropriate assignment in coached groups with players of similar playing level and experience. To enjoy the Conference experience fully, you should be able to play your instrument(s) skillfully, have good sight-reading ability, and have some chamber music experience.

We urge you to apply early, because space is limited.

Submitting an Application

The 2021 application form and brochure will be posted in December 2020.

Fees and Payment

Fees for the 2020 Conference, per week, are:

Participants – $1530
Includes tuition, room and board, and use of all facilities.

Auditors – $1275
Includes attendance as an observer at coaching sessions, room and board, and use of all facilities.

Family Members – Adults and children over age 4, $500

Financial aid is available.

All payments must be made by a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by an international money order, payable to Chamber Music Conference. After you are accepted, the deposit is applied to your fees, and the balance will be due May 15. The deposit will be fully refunded if you are not accepted, or if you withdraw before you have been accepted. Otherwise the deposit is nonrefundable. If you withdraw after May 15, your payment will be partially refunded (less $500 per week, including deposit, for a full participant; less $250 per week, including deposit, for an auditor). If a family member is unable to come, the corresponding payment will be applied to the participant's fee.

Mailing Address

Mail all payments to:

Chamber Music Conference
P.O. Box 130
Arlington, MA 02476


The Conference is still accepting applications for 2020. To inquire, please contact Susie Ikeda, our Executive Director, at or 617-447-1808.

February 1, 2020: Application deadline for all new applicants.

March 1, 2020: Application deadline for returning applicants to receive first priority consideration for space in the program. After this date, participant applications received for spaces already filled will be automatically put on a participant waiting list. It is important to indicate a second choice of week if you are able.

March 20: Acceptance letters will be sent, including information about submitting your coaching requests.

May 15: Your payment balance is due.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, made possible in part by donations to the Financial Aid Fund, is available to support participants who are unable to pay the full fee. Financial aid is awarded based on need – both the participant's need for support and the Conference's need for particular players. To apply for financial aid, send in your application, including deposit if possible, and indicate at the top of the application that you are requesting financial aid.


If you are a prospective applicant with a disability that may require accommodation to enable participation at the Conference, please note this when you apply or contact us at to inquire.


If you are new to the Conference and would like to learn more from an experienced participant, please send an
e-mail message (optionally including your phone number) to One of our long-time participants will contact you and answer your questions or otherwise assist you.

All other inquiries should be directed to Susie Ikeda, our Executive Director, at or 617-447-1808.

The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc.
Tobias Werner, Music Director
Donald Crockett, Senior Composer-in-Residence
Susie Ikeda, Executive Director

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